Creating a morning routine is one of the best things you can do to get yourself on the right path to developing even more good habits. Morning routines help you to get your mind in a state of flow every morning and can actually empower you to be successful in other areas of your life.
The first thing about creating a morning routine is figuring out when exactly do you want to get up. If you want to be a rock star about it, you should aim to get up at about 5:00 â€“ 5:30 AM so you can really get a jump start on your day. It's a beautiful thing to be able to watch the sun rising first thing in the morning.
The next thing to consider is what you want to accomplish in the morning. Everyone is different, and so everyone will have different goals that they'd like to achieve during the morning hours in order to help them jump start their day and be at their best. So, you should write down exactly what you want to achieve in terms of your goals. Ask yourself questions such as:
Do you want to exercise in the morning?
Do you want more time to read?
Do you want to get some meditation in?
Do you want to do yoga or martial arts?
Do you want to blog or write?
Do you want to work on your business right away?
These are the questions that will help you determine what the best strategy you need to develop for the morning.
The next thing to consider when creating a successful morning routine is if you have other people living with you or kids you need to help get dressed in the morning. If you live alone and you don't have any responsibilities outside of yourself then that's fine. But if you have kids that you need to assist in jump starting their morning as well, then that is something you should really consider when creating your morning routine. Also, if you have a dog for instance, this is another thing to consider, as you may have to include in your morning routine something like, "walk the dog" for instance.
Okay, so now that we've had a look at the considerations, let's make the morning routine more tangible.
First, set your alarm to get up at 5:00AM or 5:30AM, and when you get up, walk out of your room immediately and use the bathroom or splash some water on your face. But do not, I repeat, do not stay in your room. It is suicide when trying to develop this new habit.
Second, go into your kitchen and have a glass of water. I like to put a little lemon in my water to help the stomach do its thing in the morning. Also, if you're not big on water (why not?), have yourself a cup of coffee to help you jump start your day. This may really help especially if the whole early rising morning routine habit thing is new to you.
Third, do the first thing that you want to get done that we detailed earlier. Whether you want to read or exercise or whatever, get that thing in there immediately. I work out in the evenings, so for me, early morning is good time for me to get some inspirational reading in. I do that for about 30 minutes to one hour depending on what I'm reading.
Fourth, I would encourage any one getting into some kind of morning routine to do some kind of meditation or relaxation. Ten to fifteen minutes is more than enough time to get some mental clarity and relax your muscles, it's quite simple. Sit in a comfortable chair and relax your whole body. Feel your body relax beginning with your head, then down to your toes until you feel completely calm. While doing this, begin to think of all the things that you're grateful for, it could be anything. Really get into it, feel it out. Persistence is essential here. I guarantee that 30 days of doing this alone can really have a positive affect on your life.
Now that you've relaxed, you should get something in your stomach. Fix yourself (and family) a delicious and nutritious breakfast, something that will help them jumpstart their day in the right way. Having a good breakfast should become a staple when creating a successful morning routine. For those with kids, this may also be a good time to fix them some lunches while you're already in the kitchen. This should take you less than 30 minutes when you get into the flow of it.
After breakfast you can hit the shower and begin to groom yourself in preparation of the day. For those of you with kids, this may be the best time to get them up and get them dressed as well. You've already had your "me time" and now you can help your family to jump start their morning and prepare for the day.
One last thing that can really play a bit part in your morning routine is having a short talk with yourself every morning in the mirror. I know how it sounds, but it's more powerful than you think. Get into the habit of giving yourself a pep talk about the great day you're going to have. It doesn't have to be long, but once you get that rock star feeling when you're done, then you'll know if anything you said made a difference. Remember, forced enthusiasm becomes natural enthusiasm.
The important point to take from this is that you must make a firm non-negotiable decision with yourself that you will stick with this program. If 5:00 or 5:30 is a bit too early for you, start with a more reasonable time like 6:30AM or 6:00AM.
Just remember, creating a morning routine for yourself is meant to maximize YOUR success, not anyone else. So experiment until you get a good estimate of the time you need in the morning to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
Also, remember to stick with this program for at least 30 days. I would suggest focusing only on this one habit of creating a successful morning routine if you really want to learn how to jumpstart you day in the right direction. If you can master this, you can forget ever having to worry about getting up on the "wrong side of the bed".